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Aunt Gussie's Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds, 7-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 4)
Aunt Gussie's Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds, 7-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tasty hard cookie that won't raise your blood sugar, May 21, 2016
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Several months ago, I decided to try Aunt Gussie's Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds because I'm diabetic and so anything that's sugar free is of interest to me. I found that I like these cookies quite a bit and have been ordering them ever since. They're a hard cookie, not a soft type, but I like the way they taste and have found that they don't raise my blood sugar, which is important. I would recommend these to anyone who likes a tasty hard cookie and especially to anyone who has to worry about their blood sugar.

Sing Street [Blu-ray]
Sing Street [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Aidan Gillen
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The joy of possibility, May 13, 2016
This review is from: Sing Street [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Written and directed by John Carney, who also did the delightful films Once and Begin Again, Sing Street is a wonderful little indie film from Ireland that deals with two of Carney's recurring themes: song and the creative process, and the joy of possibility. In this particular film, it centers around a fifteen-year-old boy named Conor who impulsively decides to form a band to impress a girl.

It's 1985 in Dublin, where Conor (marvelously played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) lives with his increasingly dysfunctional parents Robert (Aiden Gillen) and Penny (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and his amiable slacker older brother Brendan (Jack Reynor) and his more reserved sister Ann (Kelly Thornton). The family is financially stressed by Robert's business troubles, and the film opens with Robert giving Conor the bad news that, to save money, he's taking Conor out of his semi-posh private school and sending him to the local free state-school, the Christian Brothers School on Synge Street. His first day is ominously bad, with the headmaster, Brother Baxter (Don Wycherly), taking him to task for not wearing black shoes (which he can't afford), with things getting worse when he gets harassed by a school bully named Barry (Ian Kenny). But the encounter with Barry gets him the attention of another student, a diminutive but budding entrepreneur named Darren (Ben Carolan) who has his own hand-drawn business cards. It's while talking to Brendan that Conor first sees a strikingly beautiful and mysterious girl (Lucy Boynton) standing across the street from the school, looking as if she's waiting for someone. Moved by an irresistible impulse to meet her, Conor goes over and awkwardly starts up a conversation with the girl, whose name he discovers is Raphina. Desperate to make some kind of impression on this girl, and being told by her that she's a model, Conor impulsively asks Raphina if she'd be interested in appearing in a video that his band is making - spontaneously making up both the existence of a band he doesn't have and a video they aren't making. But the gambit seems to work, and Conor leaves promising to tell her when the shoot will be. Upon returning to where Darren is waiting, Conor tells the startled Darren "We need to start a band!" and asks if he knows anyone who can play. And things start rolling from that point on.

Highly, highly recommended as a marvelous little film that works on so many levels and makes you remember what it was to be that age when everything in life seemed possible and often surprisingly was.

The Last Ship: Season 2
The Last Ship: Season 2
DVD ~ Eric Dane
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4.0 out of 5 stars A more hopeful On The Beach for the 21st century, April 30, 2016
This review is from: The Last Ship: Season 2 (DVD)
The Last Ship reminds me of a movie I saw a long time ago when I was young, Stanley Kramer's 1959 classic film On The Beach, adapted from the book of the same name by Nevil Shute. In that film, Gregory Peck played the captain of a lone US submarine that goes to Australia, searching for some possible hope of survival in the aftermath of a nuclear war. It's a great film, but depressing as their search for hope ultimately proves futile. The Last Ship, while similar in the basic setup and set in what is our near future, takes a very different approach. It involves a destroyer instead of a sub and a global pandemic instead of nuclear radiation, but more importantly there is hope, problems can be solved, and we can see a future - however harrowing - for these varied and engaging characters. You definitely have to see the first season though to get all of the plot threads and relationships down, but that's hardly a hardship in this case.

Not a perfect show by any means, and a number of things require considerable suspension of disbelief, starting with how a destroyer like this could realistically keep functioning for very long without the massive support network any modern-day naval vessel would require. And as others have pointed out, neither does it have more than just a veneer of realism as to how such a ship would actually function. But its the characters that engage you and keep you coming back, which is a credit to the writers and actors of the show.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good post-apocalyptic action/adventure scifi series with a naval setting and with personal drama thrown in.

I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist
I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist
by Kirk Douglas
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.63
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great, compact book on the making of a film classic, the man behind it, and how both helped to end the Hollywood blacklist, April 20, 2016
I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist is a great little book about the making of the classic film Spartacus, written by its star and producer Kirk Douglas, some fifty years after the film's release. But it's also more than that, a lot more. As the sub-title reveals, it's also about the role the making of that film played in the breaking of the infamous Hollywood blacklist of the 1950's and early 60's where writers, actors, directors and others in the film industry lived in fear of being named in a Congressional investigation into alleged communist subversion in the film industry that could end up leaving them unemployed and unemployable.

At 209 pages, I Am Spartacus is not a long book, but it's filled with a treasure trove of details, photos and anecdotes relating to the film. It's also about Hollywood and the movie industry at the time, about how films got to be made (or in some cases, how films ended up not being made), and about Kirk Douglas himself who is open and unsparing of himself as he relates his various actions and decisions, the ups and downs of his career and his personal life during that time, with uncommon candor.

The book reveals a lot about how the film started with a book by Howard Fast and then went through a number of evolutions in the script, complicated by the fact that Douglas had secretly hired the award-winning but blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to turn the book into a screenplay. Added to that were the egos of established big-name actors like Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov whom Douglas persuaded to join the film by showing each of them different versions of the script that gave their characters more prominence. And then there were the movie censors who still held considerable power at the time and who had to be appeased over objections that today would be laughed out of the room.

It also reveals about how certain casting decisions came to be made, most particularly (for me) how Tony Curtis came to be cast (or rather mis-cast) as Antoninous. Fine actor though he was, Curtis, at thirty-five, hardly met anyone's idea of a "boy". Or as a "singer of songs", which is why in the only scene where Antoninous "sings" has Curtis simply reciting the words instead of actually singing. Basically, the only reason Curtis was cast was because he called on Douglas to do him a personal favor and give him a part - _any_ part - in the film to help him get out of his contract with Universal which he was unhappy with.

Highly, highly recommended for anyone interested in the film Spartacus, about the people involved in its making, about movie-making in general, and about how a shameful chapter in American history was finally brought to an end.

834-6342 Thorogood Men's Insulated Uniform Boots - Black - 9.0\M
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very mixed bag of a boot - warm and comfortable but the soles and heels wear out quickly, April 17, 2016
I've gone through a few pair of these boots - Thorogood Men's Insulated Uniform Boots (834-6342) over the last few years and had a mixed experience with them. On the plus side, the boots are warm and comfortable and waterproof. The problem however is that I can't get more than a year's worth of use out of them because of the soles, most specifically the heels, which wear down fairly quickly and become increasingly uneven, causing my feet to hurt after a certain point. The top part of the boot shows no wear at all, but because I can't have them resoled, I have to replace the whole boot even though the tops are perfectly good. And for the price now apparently around $180 - I've come to the conclusion that they're just not worth it. I wouldn't mind paying the price if the boots lasted for a couple of years, but they just don't last. And when I say I get a year's worth of use out of them, I actually mean one winter's worth as I only start wearing them when the weather gets cold and there's snow and slush on the ground. They're great while they last, but again, they just don't last.

Also, as another reviewer has also noted, the bootlaces that now come with the boots are rather crappy. They get stiff after a couple of months and start to crack.

Not recommended if you're looking for boots that will last you more than about 6 months or maybe 12 if you don't wear them every day.

Lazarus Volume 4: Poison
Lazarus Volume 4: Poison
by Greg Rucka
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars "My name is Commander Forever Carlyle. You now belong to _me_.", April 13, 2016
I got hooked on Lazarus year before last and have always looked forward to each new volume, and this fourth one - written by Greg Rucka with pencils and inks by Michael Lark and colors by Santi Arcas - not only does not disappoint but raises the quality bar even higher still, a truly remarkable achievement. What I really like about Rucka and Lark's work is that they keep adding layers of details to give depth and complexity to the world they've created and to the characters who inhabit it, making Lazarus truly one of the best dystopic graphic novel series being written today.

Note: for those unfamiliar with the series and who have not read the previous volumes, I have added a section below on the background of the world of Lazarus. I would suggest reading that before reading the rest of my review of this, the fourth and newest volume in the series.

This volume - Poison - picks up a few months after the previous volume, Conclave, which ended with Malcolm Carlyle, the head of Family Carlyle, being treacherously poisoned by Jakob Hock, the head of Family Hock. Malcolm is now in a coma, and war on a global scale has broken out between the Carlyle Bloc and the Hock Coalition. Without Malcolm's shrewd hand to guide things though, the war is not going well for the Carlyle Bloc. And as always, Forever Carlyle is at the center of things. Whether she wants to be or not.

Poison brings together a number of threads begun in previous volumes, brings back some characters we did not see in Conclave. The opening interlude, Mercy, brings back Sister Bernard, the medical nun from volume two, Lift, whom we find now in Hock territory on some kind of covert mission for her order. And chapter one brings back both Casey Solomon and Michael Barrett, the two young lovers who were lifted into Carlyle family service in Lift, though they are now apparently far apart with Michael studying medicine at university while Casey is a marine on the front lines of the Carlyle-Hock war. Fate however now brings them into the heart of the Carlyle family's battles. Michael is drafted by an increasingly desperate Bethany Carlyle to help find a cure for the poison that is slowly killing Malcolm, and Casey finds herself suddenly under the direct command of Forever as part of a plan to turn the tide of battle against the Hock Coalition in the key city of Duluth. And even as these major struggles are going on, the level of intrigue is higher than ever over who's most capable of running the Family in Malcolm's place. All this and one of the Carlyle Family's most carefully guarded secrets unexpectedly comes out.

Some background on the world of Lazarus:

For anyone unfamiliar with this series, there are a lot of dystopias these days, both in literature and in the comics, but the Lazarus series in my opinion has put forward one of the most interesting and well thought out, taking some current trends and extrapolating them into the future and then creating a social order based on the logical outcome. Set in a future that feels like it might be sixty to seventy years or so from now, the dystopia of Rucka and Lark's creation is the apparent result of some global economic and governmental collapse, complicated by an agriculturally-challenged environment where control of genetically-modified seed strains (think Monsanto) is one of the highest mechanisms of power.

Society (in what feels like a substantially reduced population) consists of three classes: Family, Serfs and Waste. Family is restricted to a tiny elite - the top 1% of 1% of 1% - a handful of individuals who wield absolute power over a domain, with different Families controlling different domains. Family Carlyle, the central one in the story line, has a domain that apparently extends from the West Coast to the Mississippi River. Family Morray's domain lies to the south, making up what used to be Mexico and Central America. Families Bittner and Hock's domains lie to the north and to the east. Besides wielding total control, Family also have the very best of everything, including access to advanced medical technology. In the particular case of Family Carlyle, their technology allows them greatly increased life-spans, such that Family members who look to be in their 20's may actually be in their 60's, those in their 30's may be in their 90's and so on.

Under Family you have Serfs - the maybe 1 in 10 (or more often, 1 in 100) individuals who have some skill or talent or potential that the Family finds useful or necessary. Unlike their medieval namesakes, Serfs in this dystopia are not just agricultural workers but pretty much everyone who serves Family, from domestic servants and soldiers all the way up to medical professionals and scientists. The higher up the service ladder you are, the better life you and your family have. For as long as Family deems you useful and loyal anyway.

Everyone else in society - the remaining 95 to 98% of the people in a domain - are considered Waste. Waste - if they're properly registered as legal residents of the domain - are provided a minimum level of subsistence and little else. The most Waste can aspire to - beyond not dying of starvation, disease, natural disaster or just outright being killed - is to be found useful enough at some point to be 'lifted' to Serf. The most Serf can aspire to, beyond moving up the Family service ladder, is not reverting back to Waste. And not being killed if they inadvertently cross some Family line. Nobody moves up to becoming Family. Family are born, not made. Or so it would seem.

To maintain their control over their territory, both internally and against external threats, every family has its own private armed force. At the pinnacle of that armed force, every Family has a Lazarus, a member of the Family with special highly advanced bio-tech enhancements and rigorous training that make them not only extremely deadly but also virtually impossible to kill. The chief functions of a Lazarus are to protect the Family against any and all threats, and to enforce the Family's rule. To this end, they are conditioned from early childhood both psychologically and biologically to exhibit unquestioning loyalty to Family.

Enter Forever Carlyle. Forever Carlyle is the Lazarus of Family Carlyle. She is the youngest of the five Carlyle siblings, and she is very, very good at her job. She is also increasingly conflicted about some of the things she is called on to do, which we see in the opening scene of the first volume where she must investigate an attack by another Family on one of the Carlyle's precious seed storage facilities. Adding to her problems is the fact that Family Carlyle is riven internally by factions and plots among the siblings, all of whom seem to be aware of something that Forever has been kept ignorant of, a secret kept so intensely that her continued existence appears to depend on her never learning of it.

Some reviewers have commented about the slow pace, but Rucka and Lark know what they're doing here. The reason things are proceeding somewhat slowly is because they're engaged in some first-class world-building here, i.e. showing us in intimate episodic detail how things are in this near-future world, building up the reality that the story takes place in. This is important because the characters are very much a part of this world, and their natures are very much determined by who they are in this world, be they Family, Serf or Waste. Or a Lazarus, as Forever happens to be. The result is that you get a disturbing but highly believable world with characters that you can believe inhabit this world.

Highly, highly recommended.

Roller Girl
Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone has a coming-of-age experience - For one girl, it turns out to be roller derby, April 6, 2016
This review is from: Roller Girl (Paperback)
Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl is a pure delight. It may have been written for young adults, but it's so thoroughly engaging that anyone can enjoy it. I picked it up on a whim when it showed up as an Amazon recommendation and now consider it money extremely well spent.

Twelve-year-old Astrid embarks on the summer of her life when she decides to attend roller derby camp after her mom takes her and her best friend Nicole to see their first roller derby bout. But things don't go quite as smoothly as Astrid had envisioned, starting when she finds out that Nicole isn't going to be at roller derby camp because she signed up for dance camp instead. To make matters worse, Nicole is starting to spend time with Astrid's arch-enemy, Rachel. And is starting to get interested in boys! And then roller derby camp turns out to be a lot tougher than Astrid had anticipated and she discovers that it takes a lot of work to be a real roller girl. It's a rough start, but things start to get better as Astrid gets to know Zoey, a girl her age who's also at roller derby camp.

Note: it doesn't matter if you're not familiar with roller derby as a sport. You learn everything you need to know when Astrid sees her first roller derby bout early in the book..

Highly, highly recommended.

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine
by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully derivative and subversive and a whole lot more - "Non-Compliant" rules!, March 27, 2016
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) with art by Valentine De Landro (X-Factor), Bitch Planet is something of an amalgam, derivative of a number of sources from women-in-prison exploitation movies of the 60's and 70's to films as varied as Rollerball, The Stepford Wives, The Handmaid's Tale, The Hunger Games and of course The Longest Yard.

Bitch Planet is set in a not-too-distant future where technology and space travel have advanced but humanity, however, has taken a serious dark turn into a totalitarian system where society exists to support hierarchical male rule and women exist only to make men happy. Women who acknowledge their role in life are considered "Compliant" and any woman who doesn't is deemed "Non-Compliant". The worst of the Non-Compliants are sent out into space to a correctional facility called the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost, more commonly known by its nickname, "Bitch Planet".

The primary form of social entertainment is a globally televised stadium-style game called Duemila or Megaton. In order to boost the game's popularity, a decision is made by the Fathers to add a team of players made up of inmates from Bitch Planet. Think "The Longest Yard" and you get the idea.

Highly recommended if you like any of the sources from which Bitch Planet stems and if you're looking for something _really_ different.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power
by Ryan North
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eats nuts, kicks butts!, March 24, 2016
Written by Ryan North with art by Erica Henderson, colors by Rico Renzi and lettering by Clayton Cowles, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Power is a walk on the decidedly goofy side of the Marvel superhero universe.

Doreen Green is Squirrel Girl, a teenager who has "the proportional speed and strength of a squirrel". No, she didn't get bitten by a radioactive squirrel. Apparently she's a mutant... with a really, really big squirrel tail which she conceals by somehow tucking it down into the back of her pants. Which, in her words, gives her "a conspicuously large _and_ conspicuously awesome butt". Yes, it's definitely that goofy.

But it is fun. Unique fun. There's no other comic where you can catch Galactus snickering "Hah hah! Nice. What a tool!" and saying things like "He who wields the Power Cosmic can shoot lasers out of his eyes, teleport, and create or destroy life across all of space and time. So obviously talking to squirrels is not really that big a deal." That scene just by itself made the price of this volume worth paying, for me anyway. In addition to confronting Galactus, SG ends up taking on Kraven the Hunter and Whiplash along the way with similarly bizarre exchanges.

Minor but important note: you really have to have some familiarity with the Marvel universe and related pop culture to get a lot of the jokes that are in Squirrel Girl. Like in the opening sequence where Squirrel Girl is singing the Squirrel Girl version of the Spiderman theme song from the 1967 Spiderman cartoon TV show as she takes down some muggers in the park. The kicker comes at the end where her squirrel sidekick Tippy-Toe observes "Now if we could just get someone _else_ to sing that song, we'd be set."

This volume collects the first four issues of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and "The Coming of... Squirrel Girl!" segment from Marvel Super-Heroes #8 (Winter 1991) which marked the first appearance of Squirrel Girl.

Recommended as a somewhat guilty pleasure but a fun and unique one nonetheless.

Zootopia (3D/BD/DVD/Digital HD) [Blu-ray]
Zootopia (3D/BD/DVD/Digital HD) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Ginnifer Goodwin
Price: $27.96

56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelously imagined, cleverly written, beautifully crafted, fun, fun, fun movie!, March 11, 2016
Directed by Byron Howard (Bolt, Tangled), Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and Jared Bush (Big Hero 6) from a screenplay by Bush and Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph), Zootopia is an amazing piece of work, top notch on every level from beginning to end. A lot of extremely talented people were involved in the making of this movie and it shows throughout the 108 minutes its on the screen. As entertainment that anyone of any age can enjoy, it doesn't get much better than this.

The film begins in a rural small-town elementary school where a young rabbit named Judy Hopps (Della Saba) is in a presentation about what animals can aspire to when they grow up. Judy, we learn, wants to be a cop, to "help make the world a better place." And nothing, it seems, is going to dissuade her from that goal. Flash forward ten years and we see Judy (now voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) going through the police academy, overcoming all manner of challenges to eventually graduate with top marks. And off she goes, ready and eager, to the big city of Zootopia to join the ZPD (Zootopia Police Department) to make her mark in the world.

Once there though, reality begins to kick in. Even though Judy was personally recruited by Mayor Lionheart (J.K. Simmons), she doesn't impress Chief Bogo (Idris Elba), a stern African buffalo who promptly assigns her to parking duty, even though the city is dealing with a flood of missing persons cases and every cop is needed. Disappointed but undaunted, Judy applies her eagerness to her assignment, ticketing parking offenders with rabbit-like speed. In the course of her day though she has three chance encounters that change everything. The first where she impulsively helps out a fox named Nick Wild (Jason Bateman) who turns out to be a shameless con-artist, the second when she impulsively abandons her parking assignment to chase down a weasel street thief named Duke Weaselton (Alan Tudyk), and the third when she overhears a distressed otter named Mrs. Otterton (Octavia Spencer) whose husband has gone missing and whom she impulsively promises to help. Yes, Judy is most definitely impulsive but she is also doggedly dedicated to making the world a better place, no matter what the odds or the obstacles in her path. There is an enormous amount of heart in Zootopia, sometimes in the strangest of places, but it pays off in a believable way and sets the film several notches above most animated features you or your kids are likely to see.

The voice cast is, in a word, excellent. Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time, Big Love) brings Judy Hopps's combination of determination, relentless enthusiasm and heart-on-her-sleeve sensitivity out wonderfully. Justin Bateman (Arrested Development, Silver Spoons) lends his sly wise-cracking smoothness to Nick Wild but also nails it when the fox's inner vulnerability comes to the fore. Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation) is suitably gruff and no-nonsense as Judy's boss, Chief Bogo but does give the Chief his occasional comic turn as well. J.K Simmons (Whiplash, Law & Order) is appropriately pompous and grandly image-conscious as Mayor Leodore Lionheart, and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) does a deft turn as the deceptively meek assistant mayor, sheep Dawn Bellwether. Tommy Chong is a comic delight as the laid-back and somewhat spacey yak Yax who runs a naturist club, as is Nate Torrence (Hello Ladies) who makes the chubby donut-loving cheetah Officer Benjamin Clawhauser endearingly funny and yet sympathetic as the scenes need. Veteran voice actor Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and The Brain, Futurama and a ton of other stuff) does a comic Brando/Godfather spoof as a diminutive arctic shrew crime boss ironically named Mr. Big. Alan Tudyk (Frozen, Firefly) brings the Frozen riff with his suitably shifty weasel Duke Weaselton, an obvious nod to his Duke of Weselton role in Frozen. And if the secret of comedy is timing, Raymond S. Persi (Wreck-It Ralph) is absolute perfection as the three-toed sloth Flash, Nick's friend at the Zootopia DMV, delivering his lines with a constant wait-for-it truly sloth-like cadence.

The animation is marvelous in both detail and execution, particularly when it comes to the various characters' facial expressions. Judy's swings from boundless enthusiasm and determination to moments of self-doubt, Nick's innate slyness giving way to his inner vulnerability, all are beautifully rendered, giving real depth to the characters as we see them. Flash's slo-mo sloth reactions in particular are simply priceless and by themselves make Zootopia worth catching. And in addition to the way the characters are portrayed, one of the most impressive things about Zootopia is the level of thought and detail that went into the imagining of this world where animals of all sizes and traits live and work together, from the questions of what kind of housing and transportation and general habitats would be needed to how these animals would socially interact with each other. And, most notably relating to one of the themes in the movie, what kind of attitudes and prejudices they might have about each other.

The musical score by Michael Giacchino (Up, Ratatouille) is beautifully done, moving from soaring to sentimental according to the needs of the scenes. But a particular delight is the movie's song "Try Everything" which is sung by multi-Grammy-winning pop-star Shakira, who also provides the voice for Gazelle, a Thomson's gazelle who is Zootopia's #1 pop-star in the film.. It's sure to get an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song and would be Disney's first song to do so since "I See The Light" from Tangled was nominated six years ago.

Note: an interesting bit of trivia for anyone who might see Zootopia in different countries is that the film actually has a different animal character for the news anchor depending on the country it'll be showing in. The US, Canada, France and Finland get a moose, China gets a panda, Australia and New Zealand get a koala, Brazil a jaguar, Japan a tanuki and supposedly the UK gets a corgi. Also, some of the voice actors used are actual newscasters. The moose anchor, Peter Moosebridge, is voiced by CBC News correspondent Peter Mansbridge, while the jaguar anchor, Boi Chá, is voiced by Brazil's Jornal da Band anchor Ricardo Eugenio Boechat. Nice little touch, overall, one of many that Zootopia is filled to the brim with.

Highly, highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good imaginative story with genuine heart and memorable characters done in beautifully crafted animation.
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